On August 28, 1963, huge crowds headed for the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream Speech."
"I strapped a 2-month-old on my back and got into a crowd of 250,000 people," Vermonter Kimberley Cheney recalled.
Cheney was in D.C. for what some say was a defining moment in the civil rights movement.
"It's stuck with me for 50 years as one of the great experiences off my life," Cheney said.
Five decades later the March and man behind the movement are being remembered. At 3 p.m. Wednesday, bells rang across the country, including at Burlington City Hall, to mark the moment in history.
"It's important to keep the dream alive. It's important to remind ourselves of the powerful words Dr. King had spoken," said Patrick Brown of the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center.
For young people like Eva Edwards-Stoll, the event allowed her to learn more about MLK.
"I know that he was a black man that fought for equality for people who were black and others," said Edwards-Stoll, a Burlington student.
Edmunds Elementary School Principal Michelle Mathias was pleased to see students turn out for the ceremony and says it's a sign that King's mission is moving forward.
"It means that some of the work that we are doing is actually having an effect and the work that their parents are doing with them is having an effect in terms of really understanding who Dr. King is and what the message he gave us was all about," Mathias said.
Still, while many agree progress has been made in the push toward equality, they also argue there's more work to do, and Edwards-Stoll has little patience for those not willing to help.
"I don't think that that is OK and that's my belief. And if people want to say no, then it's your loss. Go ahead and be racist," she said.
Bold words from a young person moved by events 50 years ago.
Wednesday afternoon, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger issued a proclamation declaring it "I Have a Dream" Day in the city.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:34:35 GMT
It looks like our region escaped any major flooding resulting from Tuesday's heavy rains. There were localized areas of high water and damage, like a road washout on Mud Hollow Road in Kirby. Water remainsMore >>
It looks like our region escaped any major flooding resulting from Tuesday's heavy rains.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:58:11 GMT
Teamwork between a Montgomery farmer and a corporal with the Franklin Country sheriff's department may have saved a life when they pulled off a daring rescue. A woman became trapped in her truck tryingMore >>
A Montgomery farmer and a sheriff's deputy joined forces for a daring rescue to help a woman who got trapped in her truck by rising floodwaters.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:02 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:02:05 GMT
The floods forced Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency in New York. The governor made the declaration Tuesday night. It covers six counties in northeastern of New York, including two inMore >>
The floods forced Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency in New York.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:08:35 GMT
If you thought the weather Tuesday really stunk, you weren't alone. Apparently all the rain and the rushing rivers were too much for even a beaver. WCAX Producer Diane Landry caught video Tuesday in MiltonMore >>
Apparently all the rain and the rushing rivers in our region Tuesday were too much for even a beaver.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:09:50 GMT
If you think this spring has been filled with strange weather-- cold, then hot, then flooding, then snow-- well, we have a reminder that fluctuating weather is not all that unusual in Vermont. SheldonMore >>
If you think this spring has been filled with strange weather-- cold, then hot, then flooding, then snow-- well, we have a reminder that fluctuating weather is not all that unusual in Vermont.More >>